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Medical Term:

Gulf War syndrome


Definition: a syndrome of various health problems experienced by U.S. military personnel after serving in the Persian Gulf conflict of 1991; includes fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, headaches, dyspnea, memory loss, and diarrhea; thought to be related to exposure to low levels of neurotoxins, including sarin, pesticides, and pyridostigmine bromide (the latter supplied to troops as a protective anti-toxin).

Synonym(s): Desert Storm syndrome, Persian Gulf syndrome

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